MIND CONTROL AND HOW IT WORKS

We have been fighting mind control since the Garden of Eden.  Every single person alive deals with mind control every single day!  We are either slaves to mind control, the ones doing the mind control, or fighting to stay free from mind control.

Mind control is all around us.  It's in the media.  It's in the movies and television we watch.  It's in the church.  And sometimes mind control is within our families.

The most obvious example of mind control is when the serpent deceived Eve.  He followed a pattern.  He planted doubt about God's goodness.  He weakened her trust in the truth.  And this opened the door and allowed the serpent to plant the lie he wanted her to believe.  Eve consented to the serpent's lies and then he led her to eat the forbidden fruit.

The one thing the Sanhedrin (leaders of the synagogue) hated the most about Jesus is that their mind control didn't work on Him.  They couldn't get Jesus to doubt who He was.  They couldn't weaken His trust in the truth.  Because they had no access to His mind - they couldn't plant their own narrative within Him that really He should be bowing to them.  Jesus would not consent.

Hear this VERY important truth:

NO ONE CAN CONTROL YOU WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT!

Today the enemy largely uses groupthink to control our minds.  We want to feel like we are part of a tribe, it makes us feel safe.  But most tribes are centered around a thought pattern which all tribe members are required to adhere to.  You risk being ostracized from the tribe if you deviate from the group narrative.

As Believers, we voluntarily subscribe to Jesus's tribe.  His narrative is love (grace AND truth).  It's a free will tribe.  Come or go if you please - but Jesus will always be the foundation of what the tribe does.

We make it our goal to RENEW our mind according to Christ and His ways.  He leads us into ALL truth.  Any other tribe (even our family) who attempts to get us to doubt who we are in Christ - is using mind control.

We consent to mind control if we allow people to cause us to doubt who Jesus is - or who we are in Him.  We consent to mind control when we let someone else take the place of "Master" of our lives.  We consent to mind control when we go along with the group in order to be accepted.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

May God strengthen us in His truth and renew our minds as we stand against MIND CONTROL!

BREAKING UP WITH THE SPIRIT OF TORMENT

I know this is going to sound foreign to some of you, but hear me out, because God wants to set some of you free!

Some of us have made friends with the spirit of torment, and it’s TIME TO BREAK UP!

As I have coached and counseled people to emotional freedom, I have found we often believe several lies causing us to make the spirit of torment our friend.  I know that sounds crazy, but it is the SAME THING as self-pity.  There is something about feeling sorry for ourselves we wrongly believe gives us power.  When the door in our life is open to the spirit of torment, we can learn to use that spirit in manipulative ways to bring us something we want.

The lies that open the door to a spirit of torment can come when we are children; we learn if we are in torment we get special treatment.  We learn if we are hurting, people pay special attention to us.  Sometimes it’s the only kind of love children can get, the spawn of negative reinforcement.  Children learn to make their torment known because it’s the only time they feel comforted and special.

As children, we can learn that being tormented gives us power. This spills over into adulthood.

We sometimes welcome torment as a way of pampering ourselves.  We think I had a bad night of torment, so I’ll comfort myself with chocolate, or by checking out for a few hours on Netflix, or by posting something on Facebook to seek attention.  I’ll go on a little shopping spree because I’ve been so tormented lately.

  So we tolerate torment because it gives us the power to pamper ourselves, and to gain some attention.

THIS. IS. A. LIE!  God loves to pamper His children.  He doesn’t need an excuse to pamper us.  Neither do we need an excuse to pamper ourselves.  It’s OK to have chocolate, Netflix, and shopping without it being a “reward” for your suffering.  But, it’s not okay to use “your suffering” as an excuse to gain attention. 

At times we can think that torment makes us holy.  We wrongly believe we’re so tormented because God has a “special plan” for us.  An example would be:  “God” wakes me up in the middle of the night and gives me prayer assignments.  In all actuality, God does not “torment” special people.  The Bible says “…[God] grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2.  A spirit of torment may wake you up in the night, and GOD may take the opportunity to give you something to pray about.  But, if you aren’t getting the sleep you need, and it is regularly causing you a lack of healthy sleep – then IT IS a spirit of torment.

I remember one time a pastor telling me he was constantly being awakened by God in the middle of the night, and God would speak to him.  Sometimes he was so wide awake that he would go for walks in the middle of the night.  

He felt God had chosen him to download many things in the night, and he felt special.  But, he was suffering for it in the daytime. 

He was constantly tired and grumpy.  He was running on fumes, but he believed it was God, so he asked his family to pay the price that he just wasn’t going to be 100%.  I was able to share with this pastor this didn’t feel like God.  God wants to grant sleep to those he loves, and He is not a hard taskmaster.  I thought the enemy might be tormenting him.  He believed me, and we broke off that spirit.  Then, the pastor’s life returned to normal.

Torment doesn’t make you holy or special. Torment is just torment – it’s an evil spirit. If you are a son or daughter of God, you have authority over it.  A Father who loves His children doesn’t WANT to see His children in torment.  He can pamper us, and comfort us, and let us feel loved without using a spirit of torment.  God DOES NOT want His children to be tormented!

If this resonates with you, if you have used a spirit of torment as a way of receiving love or comfort, if you have thought a spirit of torment made you holier – it is time to BREAK UP with this spirit!

Always remember, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7.  The spirit of torment is not these things!

STEPS TO WHOLENESS:

1. Break off Generational Torment using this prayer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1niq_LCuoYUZJS2ubC6X08k75HAaxqkJl/view?usp=sharing

2. Untangle yourself from this torment using this prayer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fa23EjPGUNRqz5Ou4oG1R-GlsXh2B1GG/view?usp=sharing

3. Then seal it up: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14KojV9Cx4E0WAfzjrD7YJ_eqUL1byANv/view?usp=sharing

Why Won't These Demons Obey?

Luke 10: 18-19 “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you."

If Jesus gave us authority over ALL of the power of the enemy and NOTHING is supposed to harm us... why is it STILL happening?

Why won't these demons obey us?

Well... largely because Satan is a legalist. He will use every single loophole he can find in order to keep you sick, depressed, deceived, and broke. This is one of the main reasons the Body of Christ hasn’t reached maturity yet.  Because we think God’s grace overrides Satan’s legalism.

But it doesn’t.

Not when it comes to sin. We cannot drive out what we are guilty of.  If we are guilty of the sin of manipulation, we cannot drive out Jezebel. If we do not specifically ask forgiveness for the sin of manipulation--- then the enemy will use it to refuse to obey our commands.

A friend of mine kept having trouble in her home, with different fears and anxiety attacks coming over her children. She tried and tried to get those demons to stop. And she cried out to God for help.  He revealed to her in a dream that she was guilty of the sin of Pharmakeia. (Pharmakeia is the strongman over the manipulation of medicine. We are guilty of it when we try to come up with our own treatment for sickness instead of seeking God’s kingdom first. This would include blindly taking prescriptions from the doctor without seeking for God’s wisdom first. And certainly Pharmakeia has to do with all forms of taking illegal drugs in order to manipulate our minds and bodies into a false high.)

It occurred to her that her house had been a former drug house and she had prayed that every sin on the property would be forgiven.

But she didn’t have understanding about two things:

1.  Satan is a legalist and she had to specifically address Pharmakeia.

2.  She was guilty of Pharmakeia and the devil was not required to obey her commands.

But God, who is the Way-Maker, showed her the answer to her cry.  She repented for Pharmakeia, broke the generational sin, and then was able to address that specific spirit.

I feel that this is something that the Body of Christ MUST come to understand:

We must repent with specifics.

And we must war with specifics. 

Shotguns do not work very well in Spiritual Warfare.  We can't just aim and hope we hit our target. Snipers are much more effective. Specific targeted prayer is what God needs from us.

We close loopholes by letting the Holy Spirit lead us to take out every speck and log in our own eye before drawing our sword against the enemy’s kingdom.

It is when we can see clearly that we have authority over the devil and his demons. I want to encourage everyone reading this to spend a prayer session being SPECIFIC in repentance.  Ask God to forgive you for the pencil you took in 5th grade. Be that specific!

Let me help you get started. Here is a list of things you can repent from.

I would ask you to listen closely to the Holy Spirit as well and use the Breaking Generational Sin Prayer (Click here)  on anything He directs you to.  Be sure to  seal it up by using this prayer after you spend time asking forgiveness for specifics!

Abandoning God’s will

Anger (towards God and others)

Neglecting people and God

Not believing God’s word

Performing for the approval of men

Rebellion

Buying the lie of shame

Being a victim

Addiction

Emotional or Co-Dependency

Anxiety

Bitterness

Deceiving anyone

Letting depression win

Using escapism

Letting a spirit of failure bring paralyzation

Financially poor stewardship

Letting grief swallow our lives

Handing our identity over to men

Mocking others/gossip/slander

Lack of Faith/Fear

Lack of Motivation/Sloth

Pride

Religious Bondage

Violence and hatred

Occult/Horoscope/Ouija

Sexual sin/Perversion

Idolatry of created things

Allow the Holy Spirit to bring up other specific sins…

FREE Prayer Resources

Breaking Generational Sins (CLICK HERE)

When we worship idols such as 'lust', 'hatred', 'witchcraft', 'fear', etc. that sin is passed down to the third and fourth generation.  If it is not broken by applying the forgiveness of the cross to the sin -  the cycle repeats.

It is very easy to recognize sins that are generational because the previous and/or subsequent generations struggle with the same strongholds:  worry, lust, fear, etc.  This prayer takes you through the steps needed to break off the cycle.

Breaking Ungodly Soul Ties (CLICK HERE)

Breaking ungodly soul ties with people we had toxic relationships with can be an effective healing tool.  From parents to siblings to ex-spouses and unkind acquaintances.  When we cut off the ungodly agreement in relationships we sever their right to influence us.

Uprooting Lies - Mind Renewal (CLICK HERE)

Lies are planted as seeds in our mind.  Sometimes they grow into full size trees.  Uprooting lies is focused on the root of the tree instead of the branches.  It is common to use this prayer on a daily basis!

Deprogramming from Idols/Strongholds/Demons (CLICK HERE)

Renouncing Idols, Strongholds, and Demons is important.  This is a prayer to untangle ourselves and renew our minds from the sinfulness of bowing to evil.

Sealing Up after Warfare (CLICK HERE)

Every time we do Spiritual Warfare at Tisha Sledd Ministries we seal it up by praying this prayer.

We have found it to be invaluable in keeping us safe from the backlash that comes from messing with the devil and his kingdom.

Breaking the Curse of Freemasons - Masons/Shriners (CLICK HERE)

There are significant ramifications when anyone makes a covenant with the Freemason organization. Behind the veil of their "good works" is an organization that is not rooted in Jesus Christ and ultimately makes vows to demonic idols.  When anyone in your family line has belonged to the Freemasons, there is a bloodline iniquity that must be remitted to the Lord.  When you renounce the vows taken through the different levels of the Freemasons - you will see that there are some deeply disturbing vows one is required to take to belong to this organization.

Divorce Decrees for Baal - Queen of Heaven - Leviathan - Lucifer (CLICK HERE)

There are three main idols and one fallen angel that are important to purposely divorce ourselves from.  Baal is the god of rebellion.  Queen of heaven is the god of sexuality and manipulation.  Leviathan is the god of pride and twisting the truth.  All three of these work together and must be divorced together.  The fallen angel Lucifer must also be loosed from one's bloodline and given a certificate of divorce.  Being specific about cutting soul ties with these spiritual beings brings greater relief and peace to the pray-er. 

(You MAY pray these prayers for others according to 1 John 5:16 and John 20:23)

A Look at Pornography from the Spiritual Warfare Side

I want to give you a peek into what happens in the spiritual realm when men AND women get addicted to pornography.

It is by opening the eyes of our hearts that we can use our spiritual senses to assess the demonic warfare and use the correct spiritual weapon to battle the enemy of our souls.

Even if you don’t personally struggle with pornography, this in-depth look at how the enemy “hooks” people will give you understanding… and probably a little compassion for their struggle.

I will also give you some spiritual warfare tools to get free yourself – or to help set others free.

The clearest way to show you the scheme of the enemy is to look at what happened to Solomon.

Solomon lost his entire kingdom because he was addicted to sex.

Lukewarm Solomon

When I was teaching my boys about the Kings of Israel, I taught them that Saul had no heart for God. David had a whole heart for God...and Solomon had half a heart for God. All three of these men were flawed.  The difference between them was their fruit when they were confronted with sin.

Saul didn’t care. He had a cold heart.

David was crushed.  He had a hot heart.

And Solomon wanted to have it both ways. He had a lukewarm heart. Solomon wanted God but he also wanted his wives.

These foreign women enticed him and he began to worship other gods…

“King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians…”  I Kings 11:1-5a

Look at the first god(dess) that Solomon worships… her name is Ashtoreth.  She is the goddess of sexuality and fertility.  She is actually worshipped through sex acts.  She has other names as well – Queen of Heaven, Jezebel, Asherah, Isis – the enemy has many names but it is the same spirit.  Solomon worshiped an idol of sex and lust.  This turned his heart away from God.  It says that Solomon held fast to them in love.  This is because the devil knew exactly how to draw him away.

It is not a coincidence that the first idol the Bible mentions Solomon worshiping is Ashtoreth.  Because when we worship idols, we join ourselves to them.

Idols, Demons, and Sin Energy

All idols are actually demons.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:20 “…the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.”

It’s like we take an electrical cord from our minds and our souls and plug directly into the evil spirit.  Then there is an exchange of sin energy.  We get “energy” from worshiping the idol. (Solomon got an emotional high from worshiping the goddess of sex.)

And we give “energy” to the spiritual demon by submitting to it through worship. Whatever we worship has power over us.  What Solomon did when he worshipped the goddess of sex was to hand over a piece of his mind and his soul and he was grafted into Ashteroth.

Even though he knew he should repent and heard the call of Father God to come back… he literally could not do it. He had a covenant with it and was now married to Ashteroth. Now that Solomon was intertwined with a demon, there was no way that demon was going to let go. And in all honesty, Solomon obviously liked how he felt when he worshiped that demon.

If you love pornography more than you love God, the same thing that happened to Solomon will happen to you.

If you are half-hearted about walking away from your demon worship, you can never be fully delivered. Also – if you want to be set free for selfish reasons it probably won’t stick.

If you want to get rid of pornography because of what other people might think of you or if you want to get rid of it because you might lose your job or your family then the deliverance won’t stick.

However… for men and women who DO love God more than their pornography there is good news.

If you are willing to give up the agreement you have made with pornography and sex, and if you are willing to run after the heart of God no matter the cost – the blood of Jesus has made a way for your deliverance.

Weapons of our Warfare

The key to getting free and staying free is untangling yourself from this demon by using the spiritual weapons that tear down strongholds. You cannot get free from a demon by “trying hard enough.”

Getting free means that you cut off the STRONG-hold that the demon has over you by using spiritual weapons.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

We must use our powers of binding and loosing. When getting from pornography and sex addiction there are two different tools we must use.

First, we must issue a certificate of divorce from the covenant with the demons. There are a trio of three demonic powers that “travel” together.

This trio is Baal (who is the god of rebellion), The Queen of Heaven [another name for Ashtoreth] (the goddess of sex and manipulation), and Leviathan (the god of pride and truth twisting).

If you have made a covenant with one of these – you’ve made a covenant with all three. Therefore, we must pray for a certificate of divorce from all three at the same time. This is a form of “loosing” them from your spirit, soul, and body.

The second weapon we must use is against Lucifer himself. He is the one who offered the forbidden fruit and by taking the forbidden fruit you also have made a covenant with him. So a second “untangling” or “loosing” is necessary.

You can find both of those prayers below.

I can tell you that I know of men who have wholeheartedly returned to the Lord after suffering the damage of pornography in their souls who have been completely freed after praying these untangling prayers.

They can still hear the invitation of the spirit to join her… but they can easily bat down the invitation with their armor. Before they prayed the prayer of untangling, nothing was strong enough to resist her except for extreme isolation filled with harsh rules and regulations. But God’s true freedom should not feel like bondage.

Freedom is free. True freedom can walk past temptation without a second look.

I pray for each of you who are struggling with pornography and addiction. I decree and declare over every one of you that if you truly want Jesus over pornography – it can be yours today! Satan – let them go in Jesus name!

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Come before the Lord knowing you are His son or daughter and that the devil has already been defeated by the blood of Jesus.  Binding and loosing the devil is your RIGHT! Pray this prayer with faith!

Untangling/Loosing Baal-Queen of Heaven-Leviathan Prayer

1. Lord I ask for forgiveness for myself and person in my generational line for cooperating with Baal, Queen of Heaven, Leviathan and the spirit of seduction.  

2. Lord I ask for a divorce from them.

3. I reject them from the throne of my life along with her promises and lies.

4. I take back everything they have stolen from me.

5. I wash them in the blood of Jesus and place the blood of Jesus between me and Baal, Queen of Heaven, and Leviathan and every future generation.

6. I decree an everlasting restraining order against Baal, Queen of Heaven, and Leviathan in Jesus Name.

7. I pray that You would remove all faulty wiring from my mind and replace it with the wiring of holiness according to the Kingdom of Heaven.

8. I speak to my spirit, soul, and body and decree that you are released from any effects of the Baal, Queen of Heaven, and Leviathan and I receive the blessing of a wholeness over my spirit, soul, and body.

9. Father I give you my shame and I ask You to restore our relationship.

Untangling/Loosing Lucifer

1. I ask forgiveness for receiving the forbidden fruit from Lucifer.

2. I sever soul ties and influence from Lucifer.

3. I reject every gift offered from him.

4. I take back everything he swindled from me.

5. I wash them in the blood of Jesus and place the blood of Jesus between me and Lucifer and every future generation.

6. I declare he is no longer allowed to follow me.

7. I ask You to remove all faulty wiring from my mind and replace it with the wiring of holiness according to the Kingdom of Heaven.

8. I speak to my body and say, you are released from any effects of Lucifer and I receive the blessing of wholeness over my body, mind and spirit.

Remember, this prayer is not a magic pill.  The person needing deliverance must continually take steps toward the Lord.  This prayer is meant to be a powerful aid in the process of deliverance.  Don't stop pursuing the Lord!

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Be sure to Seal UP any warfare... in saying this sealing up prayer - you protect yourself from backlash.  When we uproot demons - we need to replace what was uprooted with God's Kingdom!  Use wisdom in warfare!  Protect yourself...

Sealing Up Prayer

1. We thank You with all of our hearts Lord! We establish everything we just prayed through the blood of Jesus Christ we seal it up like a Ziploc bag. Nothing can be taken from what we just did. Lord send your angels to protect the land we just took from the enemy.

2. We pray that all demonic debris would be swept up to the feet of Jesus Christ.

3. We pray that life would inhabit every place that was just uprooted.

4. We come against demonic rulers, authorities, powers and evil spirits along with their works, fruits, roots, tentacles and links.

5. We pray for hedge of protection by the blood of Jesus around every person. We pray a hedge around our minds, homes, families , finances, possessions, health, jobs and ministries.

6. We release legions warring angels to go out against the backlash and the Queen of Heaven, Baal, Lucifer, and Leviathan.

7. We pray for a spirit of judgment and fire to come against the devourer, the destroyer, famine and spoilers in Jesus name!

8. We declare that we are hidden in you and that our exploits will not be recorded in hell.

9. We pray for the plunder from our efforts and We pray for the healing to begin. We bind to ourselves prosperity and increase in every way over our lives.

 

(c) 2018 Tisha Sledd

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT SYNDROME - Coping with a traumatic childhood

My entire life I have wrestled with a pendulum of emotion of going back and forth between the feelings of being loved and then unloved.

My traumatic childhood plays into this pendulum.  I was born loved. My mother died when I was four. My very young mind translated this as being unloved.  My father married my wonderful step mother. I was loved.  Four years later my father divorced her and sent me to live with his brother. I was abandoned and unloved.

This “He loves me/He loves me not syndrome” was a pattern that developed in my spirit.  It was programmed into my blueprint.  “Sometimes I’m loved but it will always swing back to being unloved.”

This became my blueprint for a relationship with the Lord.  Sometimes I could feel His deep and unending love for me and then a few days later I couldn’t find His presence anywhere!  In my fear of being abandoned by Him, I learned to go to extreme lengths to get God to love me.  Excessive Bible reading, excessive prayer and worship sessions were all I knew to do please God so He would not leave me.  Of course, I simply wore myself out looking for something that I already had… I was already perfectly and constantly loved.

It did not matter how hard I tried to get off the pendulum.  It did not matter how much I prayed.  It did not matter how much I read the word, the feeling of being abandoned by God would always come back.

I wish I could tell you that there was one pat prayer that took away my “He loves me/He loves me not syndrome.”  It was not one big prayer that delivered me from this syndrome… it was a thousand little ones.

As I came to understand what the enemy did to my spirit, how he planted a false blueprint inside of me, I began to ask God to pull it up little by little.  I was honest with God about how I felt in the “He loves me not” portion of the pendulum.  He let me pour out my complaint (sometimes through angry words and hot tears).  He was more patient with me than I have any right to expect.  But He saw that I had been programmed with a wrong blueprint and He stayed through the ugliness to redeem what was good.

It was a long road… a VERY long road to scrape up that evil blueprint off of my spirit.

There is only the tiniest residue still on my spirit from those early days.  The evil blueprint has been replaced with the correct blueprint that God’s love for me is perfect and I can’t do anything to make Him love me more.  And I can’t do anything to lose His presence – for He will never leave me or forsake me.

Maybe some of you feel abandoned by God.  Maybe some of you suffer with the same “He loves me/He loves me not syndrome.”  I hope that this testimony encourages you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  There can be an end to the pendulum.  I wish I could wave a wand and deliver you from it… but it takes perseverance and faith to get the false blueprint out of your spirit.

I’m actually grateful for the long walk to freedom.  I know God’s character so much better.  I know His still small voice and my faith has increased a 1000% since being on this journey.

Friends… God loves each of us right where we’re at and He is ready and willing to heal us from our false blueprints.

Take a step toward Him today and ask for the truth about anything false that the enemy might have programmed in your spirit.  Ask Him to imprint His Kingdom blueprint on your spirit instead and then persevere!

I ask God to quicken your spirit to understand the true depth of His love for you!

The Bride of Christ is Stuck in the Nineties

We tease my husband a lot because of the mullet haircut he had in the 90s.  My sons laughed pretty hard when they saw his senior picture.  They don't understand...but we were cool back then.  We married in 1993.  I had teased bangs and a pouffy dress, lots of sequins and pearls.  I used the colors "mauve and teal."  It was cool!   ...back then anyway.

A few mornings ago, I had a vision of being dressed as a bride.  I knew that my bridal gown was not up to date at all.  I had a huge veil that wrapped around the front of my head I had teased hair and there were ruffles on my dress. I looked in the mirror and was a bit horrified that I looked like Rachel from the TV show Friends.

I asked the Lord why I was seeing this vision… (Honestly, I was a little bit fearful to hear the interpretation LOL! Since I grew up in the 80s/90s I think I have a fear of teased hair!) After a bit of prayer, I heard the Lord say, “My Bride is stuck in the pattern of the 90s.”

As always, when the Lord speaks one little sentence can bring a tsunami of understanding.  The three-dimensional understanding that I heard in my Spirit was that the Bride had not really updated herself since the 90s.  She was still stuck in the paradigm of what the Lord did twenty-five years ago.

Twenty-five years ago – we were learning all about prayer and intercession and our identity in Christ.  We were reading “What’s so Amazing about Grace” by Phillip Yancey.  We were mesmerized by the “Left Behind” series.  Joyce Meyer had given us “Battlefield of the Mind.”   Tommy Tenney taught us to be “God Chasers.”  Stormie Omartian taught us the power of a Praying Spouse.  And Jim Cymbala gave us a “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” for intercession.

But really - for the most part, we haven’t moved forward since then.

There are parts of the Body of Christ that have focused on updating themselves.  But large portions of the Bride are still stuck at the “Battlefield of the Mind.”

Friends – Jesus is coming back for an “up to date” Bride. He’s moved on from the 90s – but we have not. God has moved on to prophecy and the Five Fold ministry.  He has moved beyond pastors and teachers and evangelists – He has installed the apostles and prophets, and most of the Church has not noticed.

God has moved on from simple intercession to deliverance and spiritual warfare.  These are all things that the Body of Christ is lagging behind on.  We must begin to update our “spiritual clothing.”

There are difficulties coming in which we need for our Bridal dress to also be our armor.  There is no more time for ruffles and a big veil.  We must get down to business and get equipped with the powers of the age to come. 

These are the last days – and we are not ready for the fight we are about to experience.

After the Lord said, “My Bride is stuck in the pattern of the 90s,”  I heard a scripture verse in my spirit: Hosea 4:6. It was a confirmation of the vision and interpretation I was hearing…“my people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge…because they have rejected knowledge…”

A large portion of the bride has rejected the Five Fold ministry.  They have rejected the apostles and prophets.  They have rejected deliverance and effective spiritual warfare.  They are now woefully unprepared for the coming of the King, and the last battle that looms before His coming.

I know that my readers may feel helpless about this situation because their church has chosen not to “update” their knowledge and understanding in these areas.  You may feel powerless in being equipped in these areas…but you are not. The Lord said to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.  When you stand before the throne - “My church did not show me how to become ready for the coming of the Bridegroom”  - will not be an acceptable excuse for not getting ready.  There are resources available to you.  You must train yourself to be ready!  In fact, we are behind in getting prepared. 

BUT GRACE…

Grace can bring you up to date.  You need to call on the Lord for an update.  Ask Him to show you how to download an update from heaven.  I am going to list some resources below that will help you as well.  If your church is not preparing you and equipping you with tools to be victorious over your enemy, then you need to do it yourself!  No more excuses!  I am here to help you and encourage you too!

If you have not followed me on Facebook, I encourage you to do so.  I release words and videos from time to time that I do not release on this blog.  I want to equip you!  I want to make you ready for Christ.  I will do everything I can to help you understand the powers of the age to come.

I welcome your questions.  I welcome your engagement.  It is my calling to make the Bride ready… how can I help you?

I’m going to be putting more videos on Youtube soon. You can find some of them by clicking this link…

If you have not yet read my book “The Battle for Peace: Who is your master?”  I encourage you to get it!  In it, I explain how to increase your emotional peace by examining what is on the throne of your life. CLICK HERE.

I also have a new book out called Maturing in Christ: Keys to Overcome.  I have expanded my original ebook to include several more keys to be set free from the bondage of anxiety, fear, powerlessness, bitterness, people-pleasing and so much more!  KNOW how to be set free and how to set others free!  It’s a MUST!  CLICK HERE to purchase.

I also encourage anyone who is trying to equip themselves to get this book by John Eckardt.  It is a powerful tool to overcome demonic attacks!  CLICK HERE.

If you are ready for a MAJOR update in your spiritual walk - I recommend Rick Joyner's book The Final Quest.  It is a jump into the deep end of the pool! CLICK HERE

ALSO, here are a few links to important understandings about the Five Fold Ministry, Deliverance AND Spiritual Armor:

Understanding the Five Fold Ministry CLICK HERE

Understanding Deliverance CLICK HERE

Learning to wear your Armor CLICK HERE

Hollywood’s Dark Night of the Soul

Hollywood has been on my heart for years.  Somehow there is a part of my soul that identifies with the industry.

I love good storytelling.

I love honest stories, funny stories, poignant stories, and convicting stories.  I love television and movies.  I love the actors who bring these stories to life.  From Debbie Reynolds and Bing Crosby to Sandra Bullock and Chris Pratt,  these people feel a part of my life – because they have made the stories of Hollywood come alive.

The power that resides on the mountain of Hollywood is unmatched.

The power that these storytellers have can turn a nation.  When Shirley Temple was on the big screen, it helped to heal our nation from World War 2.

Movies like Star Wars and Star Trek expanded our thinking about the future and in some ways gave us a vision to accomplish. We are literally seeing the Star Trek tricorder becoming a reality in the mobile phones we currently use.

Jim Caviezel and Mel Gibson caused us to leave the theater in somber silence as they told the story of the brutal death of Jesus.

Yet other stories have caused us to take a downward moral turn.  Sex, lawlessness, and violence have clouded our minds with “the dark side.”  But this truth remains – Hollywood can turn a nation.  They can turn it to the light – or the dark.

The power of telling stories to move people in their thinking is a God idea.  Jesus did it all the time through the parables He told.  Jesus created little stories throughout His ministry in order to move the people toward His Kingdom.

While we, as Believers in Jesus, have a legal right to “own” the Storytelling Mountain – we have yet to truly inhabit it.

In fact, we are so offended by Hollywood, and it’s filth, we have abandoned the Storytelling Mountain altogether.

Who owns the Storytelling Mountain?

People like Harvey Weinstein.

The man who was just revealed to have demanded that women sleep with him in order to have a job in Hollywood.  The man who used his position on the mountain to rape and pillage others, thinking he would never get caught.  Meryl Streep publicly called him god not so long ago.

Indeed he was a god.  A small one.  But an idol nonetheless.

All of Hollywood scrambled to distance themselves from Mr. Weinstein.  Women came forward to tell their stories of his lewd and inappropriate actions.  Hollywood turned against Mr. Weinstein so fast that he was even expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture.  His wife has left him, and he was ousted from his own company.

Our Storytelling God caused the clock to strike midnight and justice was served.  Within two weeks, this false idol lost everything he had.  He fell from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom.

This is the perfect example of gaining the whole world, yet losing your soul.  Outside of God’s mercy, we reap what we sow.  God’s sole desire is to save Harvey Weinstein’s soul.

God desires to save Hollywood’s soul as well.

The Storyteller Mountain is turning our nation (and the world) in the direction of darkness instead of light.  Hollywood was bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus.  It’s been promised to us – but the reaction of Body of Christ to Hollywood has been like the ten spies who came back from scouting the promised land and said, “The giants are too big!”

Well, my friends, the giants are not too big.  One of them just fell, by the hand of the True God.

This is a sign that we must stop standing on this side of the Jordan River, we must begin to pursue the land that has been promised to us by Jesus.

We must realize the power that we have because of His blood and begin to fight in the spirit to see ALL of the giants fall.  We must intercede that Hollywood turns to the Divine Storyteller.  We need to take this stronghold!  Jesus needs it for the final outpouring.

Jesus needs for us to take the Storytelling Mountain for His Kingdom!

The fall of Harvey Weinstein should fill us with faith that God is with us, and it is time to use our spiritual swords to attack.

Not only do we need to pray for the evil giants to come down.  We need to pray that people on this mountain will turn to the Lord and that righteousness will supplant the darkness.

I decree and declare that Hollywood MUST become Holy!

As we cooperate with the plans and purposes of God, we will see Hollywood go through a Dark Night of the Soul.  But this is for God’s glory.  The cleansing of Hollywood is exactly what our nation needs. 

Hollywood needs to fear God!

Psalm 64

7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;

    they will suddenly be struck down.

8 He will turn their own tongues against them

    and bring them to ruin;

    all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

9 All people will fear;

    they will proclaim the works of God

    and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord

    and take refuge in him;

    all the upright in heart will glory in him!

Let us join the Lord in His word through our intercession.

Father God, we pray for the evil giants in Hollywood to come down.  We pray for those who have set themselves up as gods on this mountain, that they would either repent or be removed.

We pray for actors, producers, directors, writers, designers, set crews, and so on.  We pray for the living God to reveal Himself to them.  We pray for righteousness to invade Hollywood.

We pray for God’s people who are already climbing the Storytelling Mountain – grant them wisdom and favor.  Grant them acceleration and all the capital they need to establish this Mountain for the glory of the Kingdom.

We decree and declare that the earth belongs to Jesus and we claim Hollywood for the Lord that His story might be told to the whole world!

In His Name, AMEN

Please consider adding five people from Hollywood to your prayer list.  Pray for writers, set designers, and crew people as well.  This stronghold MUST be overtaken for the sake of the Kingdom.

Belle is being released to set the Beast free! (A WORD FOR WOMEN OF GOD)

God is calling the women of His Kingdom to rise up.  He is calling His daughters to go on an adventure with Him.  He is making a way for His Beauties to RISE.

But this “rising” is not a worldly revolution – it’s a reformation.

God has been speaking to me through the movie “Beauty and the Beast” lately.  The heroine of the movie is tired of her “provincial” (unsophisticated, narrow-minded) life.  She longs for MORE!  She longs to break free of the town that thinks she is “odd.”  They have decided that she is indeed beautiful – but she is just too strange for them to accept.  She is a misfit.

However, the longing of her heart is fulfilled when she is taken on the adventure of a lifetime.  She ends up becoming a captive of the Beast.  She is a prisoner in his cursed castle that is in a perpetual winter season.  But she “rises” up through her strength and patience and grace and she LOVES the Beast until the curse is broken and he becomes the royalty he was meant to be all along.

God is calling the women who are tired with the mundaneness of the provincial life.  He has put a seed of Holy Dissatisfaction within His daughters who have been calling out for adventure.

For the Lord would say:

“Daughters, I have need of you in this hour.  I need for you to rise up and love the Beast.  Many of my sons have taken hard hits because the enemy of their souls has tried to take them out.  Some of them are prideful because of deep wounds.  Some of them roar because they are broken inside.  Some of them are suffering from neglect and don’t know how to be tender or gentle because they were never taught.

I am asking you to look beyond the mask of My sons.  Look beyond the outward appearance and look to the hearts of My sons.  They are longing to be loved.  They are longing to have communion with people, but the curse that is over them prevents it.

Will you allow yourself to follow Me on this adventure?  You don’t have to be a doormat.  You don’t have to be their slave.  Do not let them be your “Master.”  Let Me be your King... and simply follow Me!

I need my Beauties to be strong and patient at the same time.  I will show you when to stand up to the Beast.  I will show you when to nurture him.  If you follow Me and die to being offended, together, we can break the curse!

The adventure will be daunting at first, but I have equipped you with the Holy Spirit, and you have everything you need to release life over the castle.  Put on the whole armor of God.  Stay close to Me.  I want to restore the authority that Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden.

Are you willing to enter the fire, in order to set the Beast free?  When men and women come together as ONE – My Kingdom will be unstoppable!

Let’s go on an adventure and bring reformation to My Kingdom!”

#MisfitsRising

Overcoming the Spirit of Abandonment

 I know it sounds crazy that I believed this lie for so long…but it felt soberingly real.

Growing up, I always felt like God would abandon me at any moment. I lived in constant fear that He would simply walk away and leave me.

It was a lie the enemy planted in my soul at the age of eight. I was suddenly abandoned by my earthly father. So that transference implied that my Heavenly Father would be exactly the same.

For me, the feeling of powerlessness caused me to be very works based in my relationship with Father God. I felt like if I was “good enough” He wouldn’t leave me.

That, of course, didn’t work. I was never “good enough.” Whenever I wasn’t excellent at something like getting B’s on my report card instead of A’s – I feared God would abandon me. It took me forever to let go of shame when I sinned. I felt like I was responsible for keeping God close to me.

The problem was, I had wholeheartedly swallowed the lie that my Heavenly Father was like my earthly father. And even though the Word of God said, I will never leave you nor forsake you – that truth could not penetrate my heart and take me to freedom.

It’s the truth that sets us free. But my little eight-year-old heart rejected the truth that God never abandons us -- because of my experience with my earthly father. The lie had a STRONG – HOLD on me. It became a STRONGHOLD that the enemy used against my soul. He played havoc with my emotions again and again because I believed this lie. I see it like this. He would whisper in my ear the lie that Father God was going to abandon me and it would spin me around on a sit and spin.

When we untangle ourselves from a STRONGHOLD – we are using the authority that Jesus gave us to get off the sit and spin. When we are able to exert our power because of the blood of Jesus, we take away the foothold of the devil to whisper lies into our souls.

If you suffer from the fear that God will abandon you – all you have to do is erase the lie by using these tools below…

Break Ungodly Soul Ties with anyone who conditioned you with a spirit of abandonment.

(I had to do this with my earthly father.)

1.            Lord I forgive _______________ for their sin against me. I ask you to forgive me for my sin against them. 

2.            I sever ungodly influence from them.

3.            I sever ungodly soul ties from them.

4.            I give back to__________________ the things that belong to them.

5.            I take back the things that belong to me.

6.            I wash them in the blood of Jesus.

7.            Remove all faulty thinking from my mind.

8.            Transform me by renewing my mind according to the Kingdom of Heaven.

9.            I ask You, God, to set ________________ free from all of their wrong thinking.

10.          Give them back their soul.

11.          I ask You, God, give me back my soul.

Break a Generational Sin of abandonment.

Breaking off generational sin is important to untangle any sin from previous generations that still has a right to influence a generational line.

1. Repent

“God I ask your forgiveness for myself and my parents and every past generation concerning the sin of __________ .

2. Rebuke

I apply the blood of Jesus and I break this sin off of my generational lines both maternal and paternal all the way back down to Adam.

3. Replace

I replace this sin with LIFE and a generational blessing of ____________ (opposite of curse) In Jesus Name!

4. Release Blessings

I pray for the release of revelation and generational blessing that has been held up because of these sins.  May they be released into my life and every future generation.  I pray for more intimacy with you and for the grace to become like Christ.

Command the spirit of abandonment to leave you and go to the feet of Jesus Christ.

You have just done Spiritual Warfare so be sure to pray the sealing up prayer! 

(Click Here)

A Word for Those Struggling with Self-Doubt

Six or seven months ago I had hit a rough patch where self-doubt kept weaving its way into my mind.  The feeling of being vulnerable and exposed would paralyze me.  I was moving more slowly than normal.  I kept doubting that I was really hearing God and I was doubting my authority over the enemy.

It wasn’t a constant barrage of self-doubt.  Just a few times a week, I would second guess the steps I took.  In the Lord’s graciousness, He brought me some discipline as to why I kept falling into self-doubt.

I share with you the word He gave to me in the hopes that it will help some of you who have had the same struggles I have had.

Beloved, Self-doubt is your biggest enemy.

You cannot doubt yourself if your faith is in Me.

Because it won't rely on you.

I will never fail you.  Can you ever think of a time when you needed words that I did not give them to you?

Self-doubt means you are focused inward not upward.

Self-doubt means you are worried about what others think.

The root of self-doubt is the approval of men.

You doubt that you are hearing Me, but I have given you protocols to test My voice.  Don’t be foolish and not test the Spirits.  But also don’t be overly full of doubt and miss My voice either.

My protocols are never turned off.  You can always test the spirits.  You can always ask for wisdom. You always have authority over the spiritual atmosphere. 

The demonic must always submit and move out of the way if you tell them to do so. But if you don’t believe your words – there is no faith behind them.  The enemy does not have to obey you,  if you do not believe your own words.  If you doubt your authority – you are like a wave on the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  You won’t receive anything because it is not coming from faith.

If there is fogginess, take authority over the fogginess.

If there is doubt, take authority over the doubt and take captive your thoughts and submit them to Me.

If you can’t hear Me, take authority over a “famine of hearing the words of the Lord.”  Command the heavens and the skies to open up for you.

Your authority has been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus.

When you doubt that you are taking the right step – remember that I can easily correct your path, if you are seeking My Kingdom first.  I will never let you fall if you are seeking after Me with a pure heart.

No one walks through life perfectly.  But if you remember My goodness and the depth of My love for you, you will not walk in the fear of man – and you will walk in faith of who I AM.

Do not walk in the self- doubt of your inadequacies.  Walk in the faith that I hold the whole world in My hands and I have your best interests at heart.

I never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 55:22  (NLT)

22 Give your burdens to the Lord,

    and he will take care of you.

    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Steps to Wholeness:

Father God, please forgive my unbelief and my self-doubt.  Forgive me for caring too much about what men think of me.  I trust You.  I trust You to correct me.  I trust You to carry my burdens.  Help me to remember to test the spirits but not to fear mis-hearing Your voice.   I want to know You.  I want to walk with You.  I lay down my self-doubt and I hand You my burdens.  I want Your will and Your ways – I believe that You will not permit the godly to slip and fall.  Thank You, Lord, for Your graciousness.  In the mighty name of Jesus, AMEN!

Dealing with Trauma Between the Layers of Our Soul

When my mother died from breast cancer, I was a mere four years old. I don’t have many memories of her that I can recall. I remember going to get her a blanket. I remember making a cake with her for my fourth birthday party. I remember my aunt and dad telling me she had died. At four years old, my cognizance wasn’t quite developed yet. I didn’t understand.

While my mind wasn’t able to hold onto those early days of my life nor to the trauma of my mother’s departure…my soul remembers all of it.

My soul remembers questioning “Where’s mama?” My soul remembers questioning “Why is grandma crying?” My soul remembers everyone being so sad and people feeling sorry for me. My soul remembers the words that people spoke over me. “Poor Tisha.” My soul remembers every detail, every lie, every pain and every sorrow.

The problem is my soul remembers…but my mind doesn’t.

Later my dad remarried and then divorced when I was eight. It was again traumatic and I got caught up in an emotional storm that was not my fault. Emotions and reactions and selfish motives by adults sent me spiraling once again into a feeling of powerlessness that hid itself in the pages of my soul.

I tried to eat to comfort myself and gained weight. I couldn’t process my pain – so I reached for comfort. I didn’t know that Jesus could hold me or that I could go to Him with my pain. So I turned to an idol of food instead. An idol that stayed with me for many more years. But it was an idol that betrayed me (as they all do).

A secret comforter found its way into the layers of my soul. Food was my friend, only that’s what the devil deceived me into believing. My idolatry had consequences. My dad told me I was getting fat… more rejection, more darkness planted in the recesses of my soul.

I was sent to live on a farm with distant family members who lived a completely different lifestyle than I was used to. It didn’t make sense to me. I had no words to explain my emotions. I never fit in, even though I tried, the farm just never made sense to me.

I was adopted into a family who already had three girls. I ended up to be a dethroned first child. Self-pity was a thick layer in the foundation of my soul. Poor Tisha.

I never really connected with my adopted dad. He was a good provider, but I wasn’t really his daughter and we both knew it. The layers of darkness that the enemy continued to compound into the pages of my soul were being deposited there and I didn’t even know it.

Lie after lie was being planted into my story.

“I’m not good enough.”

“I’ll never be normal.”

“Why can’t I just belong?”

“No one really wants me.”

“I’m a burden.”

“Life will always be a string of suffering circumstances.”

“I’ll never be beautiful.”

“God wants me to suffer.”

“I’m being rebellious if I speak up.”

“I’ll be just like my birth father if I’m not careful.”

“Poor Tisha.”

“I’m powerless to change anything.”

Most of these lies I didn’t even realize were being planted… but my soul knew.

This twisting of my identity was exactly what the devil wanted. He wanted to confuse me about who I was in the Lord. He was trying to steal my God-given purpose and render me ineffective.

I pushed the rejection and lies into a corner of my mind and shut the door to them in order to function. But I dealt with pretty steep bouts of depression. I didn’t realize it but I was in a deep dark prison in my soul. I didn’t understand how the devil had a foothold – or more than that – how to get free from the bondage I was in.

When our minds don’t recall a specific trauma or lie, we are unable to process it, grieve it, find the truth and ultimately let it go.

One of the main reasons I could not process my trauma was because I was too young and didn’t remember. Another reason was because I was in denial and had put the trauma on lockdown in my heart. Denial is a coping mechanism that is part of the grieving process. But if we deny there’s been trauma for a long period of time there is no way to truly address it. Ultimately, we must acknowledge that there are hidden things in the pages of our soul that need to be loosed from it in order to be set free. It is the truth that sets us free. It is the denial of truth that keeps us in bondage.

I’ve met people who were violently raped – who had no way to process their pain – so they stuck it in the dark recesses of their mind trying to forget it.

But denying and forgetting the pain doesn’t work.

It must be processed. Just as if you had been shot by a bullet. The bullet of the trauma must be removed if healing is going to happen. If the bullet remains inside the body, the wound will never heal right.

But if the bullet is extracted the wound can be addressed and true healing can begin. Think about this… the bullet itself is not the wound. The bullet causes the wound but then lodges itself into our hearts. The bullet is a lie or sin inside of the wound that keeps us in constant suffering.

The devil is not stupid. He is cunning, and he has been around thousands of years to know what it takes to paralyze God’s people. There are many ways to get us to feel powerless against him. Lies, fear, witchcraft, generational curses, soul ties, idolatry, bitterness, jealousy and so on and so on.

One of the ways the devil incapacitates us is to wound us when we are young. Then he uses the opportunity while we are wounded to plant a weed in our hearts.

Until the weeds are uprooted we remain injured, and that injury can cause all kinds of havoc in our lives and to those closest to us.

In the midst of suffering, we can become bitter and full of rage. We can even rage at the Lord for allowing the suffering. The enemy knows exactly how to get us all twisted up in our souls.

He even knows how to separate our minds from our souls so we can’t seem to find out what it is we’re mad about. It’s like he’s able to put us in a prison of pain through legal footholds he has gained through sin and lies. And then he covers up the prison with a veil over our minds making us feel powerless to get free.

One of the biggest lies that the enemy has planted in our hearts is that getting free from trauma and sin has to take a long period of time. This is not true.

We can be delivered.

We can be healed and made whole.

The cross paid for it.

But we must BELIEVE it!

Steps to Wholeness:

The first step to healing from the trauma in our soul is to pray for deliverance.

You can pray the Psalm 143 to the Lord. Ask Him to find the weeds of darkness between the layers of your soul and deliver you from any weeds that are planted there.

Psalm 143  (ESV)

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

Hear my prayer, O Lord;

give ear to my pleas for mercy!

In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

2 Enter not into judgment with your servant,

for no one living is righteous before you.

3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;

he has crushed my life to the ground;

he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.

4 Therefore my spirit faints within me;

my heart within me is appalled.

5 I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all that you have done;

I ponder the work of your hands.

6 I stretch out my hands to you;

my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

7 Answer me quickly, O Lord!

My spirit fails!

Hide not your face from me,

lest I be like those who go down to the pit.

8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,

for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go,

for to you I lift up my soul.

9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!

I have fled to you for refuge.

10 Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God!

Let your good Spirit lead me

on level ground!

11 For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life!

In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!

12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,

and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

Becoming Bapticostal – Understanding Deliverance

I have written before about my journey in becoming a spirit filled Baptist. 

You can read more about that by clicking HERE.

I grew up mostly in the American Baptist church and I had a fabulous foundation in the Word of God and in the power of prayer.  But the Holy Spirit was largely a mystery to me – especially the ‘scary’ part of the Holy Spirit.  The weirdness of speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues, deliverance from demons and the more dramatic display of God’s character was never part of my upbringing.

However, when I was about 28, I experienced my first deliverance.  The sweetest woman could see that my heart and mind were all tied up in knots because my birth father had abandoned me at the age of eight.  She invited me to her home to pray with me.  I had no idea that what she was really going to do was to deliver me from the trauma and lies that surrounded a deeply painful time in my life.

I did not understand at the time that the enemy was playing havoc with my emotions because of some darkness and lies he had planted in the layers of my soul.  The devil used the trauma to cause me to question my identity and even more – he caused me to question the goodness of God.

As the Holy Spirit worked in my spirit and through my friend that day, He brought a picture to the front of my mind.  I was a confused little golden princess in the middle of a pig pen and I was covered with slop.  This is why my identity was never clear to me.  I didn’t understand who I was.  

My question to the Lord was this:  If I was a golden princess – why was I covered with ‘slop’ that other people threw on me?

As I continued in watching the vision, the slop began to fall from the little golden princess.  Underneath all of that mud – she was still golden.  Then the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “The mud only sticks if you let it.”

I cried so hard.  I had been letting the opinion of other people influence my identity and who I was.  This was not the truth.  The truth was that I was a princess and my Father is the King.  It doesn’t matter what people say or what circumstances come my way – none of it changes the fact that I am a daughter of the King.

Now – because the lie was uprooted – the truth could make its way into my heart.  Having the truth rooted in my heart caused me to be DELIVERED from a spirit of self-pity.  I felt so much lighter and my spirit soared on the way home.  The darkness that had lodged itself between the layers of my soul was removed and I was free!

It was such an awesome experience and I felt so much better after being delivered that I just HAD to find out more about it.  I had been quite mistaken about what deliverance really was.  Because deliverance is not someone shaking on the floor and having demons come out of them.

Deliverance is being set free from the prisons in our own hearts and minds.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a spiritual warfare side to deliverance where we actually get delivered from demons – but demons don’t have to “manifest” in the natural in order to be delivered from them.

What I came to understand is that wherever I am in sin or in agreement with the devil, his demons have a right to torment me.  Every time I repent from my own sin or the sins of my ancestors, I take away a loophole that the enemy can use to negatively influence me through.  Every time I refuse to agree with his lies, I am delivered into the truth and the enemy has no grounds to torment me with his demonic records playing over and over in my mind.

Being delivered from our enemy is simply learning to untangle ourselves from the kingdom of darkness.  When we sanctify ourselves, by repenting of sins and uprooting lies in our hearts, the Kingdom of God grows a little more inside of us.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins

.  Colossians 1:13-14

Since understanding deliverance, I have been able to help many people be “DELIVERED” from the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

May the Lord help us to not be afraid of deliverance!  In the hundreds and hundreds of people that I have prayed deliverance prayers with – I have never seen an outright manifestation of a demon.  This is because we have authority over them and command them not to manifest.

The Body of Christ doesn’t know it – but we are desperate for deliverance!  We are tolerating the enemy’s tormenting lies.  We are tolerating depression and self-pity and anxiety because we don’t understand how deliverance works.  We need to become better equipped to pull down strongholds.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:4

Deliverance is not scary… it’s necessary!

Let us continue to bridge the Baptist / Charismatic divide and ask the Lord to equip us for DELIVERANCE!

To Go to the Next Level You Have to Surrender the Mayonnaise

I had been pressing into the Lord about some healing that I am in need of.  I was asking if there was anything blocking my healing in this particular area and He answered me with a riddle.

I love riddles from the Lord.  It’s like playing Hide and Seek with Him.  He gives me a clue as to where the answer is and then I have to go and find it.  It’s part of His character, the part that loves parables.

After I had asked Him if there was anything blocking my healing I heard the voice of the Lord say this to my spirit: 

You’ve got to surrender the mayonnaise.

I paused for a second – Did I hear You right Lord?

I felt God smile and I knew that it was a riddle for me to search out.

This kind of interaction with the Lord reminds me of Proverbs 25:2

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

So I started with research about mayonnaise.  Nothing really jumped out at me.  The date it was created nor the place it was created seemed to spark anything in me.  What did I need in order to surrender the mayonnaise?

I began to ask myself the question what is mayonnaise used for?

It’s a dressing for a sandwich or a salad.  It’s also a binder.  It binds things together. 

Nothing was coming to me so I prayed some more for God to lead me.  I told Him whatever the mayonnaise represented – I was willing to surrender it.

Then as I looked up a few more details online about mayonnaise a phrase jumped off the page at me.

There had to be mayonnaise before egg salad could be invented.

When something seems highlighted when you are reading – it is called “quickened.”  The Lord “quickened” my spirit when I read the words about egg salad.

So in my “searching out the matter” – I took the phrase about egg salad and asked the Holy Spirit to give me understanding.  What did egg salad have to do with surrendering the mayonnaise?

As I meditated on my clues I began to see a vision.  If you take the mayonnaise out of egg salad all you have are broken hard boiled eggs.

In the vision, saw the broken eggs on the table before me.  Mayonnaise held the egg together in a solid form to create egg salad.

The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said:

“You feel that you have some broken promises in your life and you are disappointed that they are broken.  But instead of coming to Me to put the promises back together – you have decided to make egg salad out of your broken egg.”

You are attempting to “hold it together” in your flesh.  But you aren’t being honest with yourself about how you feel about the broken egg (promise).  You cannot restore broken promises with your own might or your own power – only I can. 

It’s similar to when Abram and Sarai had Ishmael.  They felt like their promise was broken – so they used mayonnaise to try to hold it all together.  They tried to work it out in their own flesh.  But if they would have surrendered the mayonnaise and been honest with Me about their disappointment of the delayed promise, I would have shown them that the promise was still true and that the egg was not broken at all.

I cannot take you to the next level of healing until you surrender the mayonnaise and you are honest with Me about how you feel about what seems like a broken promise.  Stop trying to hold it all together and be honest!

This all made so much sense.  I do feel the disappointment of delayed promises.  I have not been honest with God about how I felt concerning what seems like a broken promise from Him.

As I surrendered my “mayonnaise” and allowed the egg to be broken for a moment – He slowly and lovingly showed me that it was not true that the egg was broken.  Even though it was delayed  - His promise was still true.  Everything was going to turn out fine.

The Truth is a person.  His name is Jesus.

The Truth sets us free.  If I “pretend” to hold what seems like broken promises together with mayonnaise – I will never be set free because the mayonnaise covers up the Truth. 

We must love the Truth no matter what!   Surrender your mayonnaise.  Surrender your fleshly attempts to try to cover your disappointment. 

Stop trying to hold it together so you can put a veil over the truth of how you feel.  Be honest with God about your feelings and approach His throne of grace with boldness and let Him set you free with His truth!

Steps to Wholeness:

God forgive me for trying to “dress” up my disappointment.  I want the Truth to set me free.  Thank You that You don’t mind for us to pour out our complaint before You. (Ps 142:2)  Here is how I honestly feel about my disappointment – would You give me Your Truth and repair what seems like a broken promise?

Why Believers Must Stop Ignoring Satan!

"The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!" 

- Charles Baudelaire, (19th century French poet)

I remember the first time I experienced an extended time of spiritual warfare.  I was in my 20s, and I had no idea what was happening to me.  All I knew was that I was tired, and I was depressed.  I wanted to quit and be done with everything.  Up to that time, I had not considered where my torment was actually coming from.

I had a very wise friend counsel me in a way that opened my eyes to what was really going on.  She said, “Tisha the devil hates you!”

I was actually shocked by her words.  I knew the devil was around and doing his thing – but why would he hate little ol’ me?

Before my friend said this, I had not considered that everything I was feeling came from spiritual warfare.  The tiredness, the depression, and the desire to quit were actually all oppression by the enemy.  Literally – demons were sitting on top of my head oppressing me!

Why had I been so asleep to the wiles of the devil?  Why had I not considered that I was under spiritual attack?

Honestly – it was because someone had taught me that if I ignored the devil, he would leave me alone.  But that is not what the Word of God says.  It says that I should RESIST him and he would flee from me. (James 4:7)  Resisting means we must FIGHT back.

I feel that many in the Body of Christ are in the same place I was 20 years ago.  They are ignoring Satan instead of resisting him. 

Bodyof Christ, Satan is gaining on you because you are ignoring him!

Do you know about the Baphomet structure set up in Detroit?  Do you know that they held a Satanic ritual here? (click here)

Did you know that Satan Clubs are being held in elementary schools? (click here)

Did you know there is a huge altar to Baal that was just erected in New York City? (click here)

The Satanic church and their powers are growing, mainly because the Body of Christ is in fear of Satan.

We must turn around, face the devil and learn to fight him.  We have authority over him and all of his schemes.  Jesus gave us this power in Luke 10:19

--- I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Why don’t we believe this verse?  Why do we continue to be so afraid?

Has Hollywood scared us into a closet?  Do some of the horror films make you afraid?  Are you too sensitive to understand that we are in a daily war against demons?  Please ask yourself this question:  Am I ignoring Satan?

We must open our eyes to the fact that Jesus taught us to fight Satan in the Word of God.  He did it every single day!

God is looking for a company of fearless men and women who are willing to fight against Satan and his schemes.

We must put our spiritual armor on daily.  We must learn to fight with a sword of the spirit.  We must understand how he works, especially as the day grows closer for the Lord’s second coming.  The devil is real and he knows his time is short. (Revelation 12:12)

Jesus faced the actual devil and gave us an understanding about how to defeat him.  He showed us how to cast out demons.  He then gave us the authority to do the same.

DEMONS MUST SUBMIT TO US as we use the name of Jesus.  There are tools that we are not using against the enemy, and we are cowering in fear.  That fear is causing us to pretend that he doesn’t exist.

The devil is gaining on us.  The Body of Christ needs to start facing this fact and learn to fight with our spiritual weapons of warfare. 

We must become whole in our hearts and our minds.  We must repair any chinks in our spiritual armor.  We must close every foothold that the enemy has inside of us.

I understand that some of us are already awake.  But still others are asleep – this is my message to those of you who are attempting to protect yourself by ignoring the devil…  please hear me!

1. Satan exists.

2. He hates you and is working on a daily basis against you and your family.

3. Satan is not omnipresent, but he does have a demonic army of fallen angels.

4. Satan has boundaries that he cannot cross and rules he must submit to because of the Cross.

5. Satan is defeated

6. Believers have authority over him.

As the Body of Christ we must stop fearing Satan and learn to fight against him.

The devil is not scary…he’s defeated!

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Equipping Yourself for Warfare

Here are some tools to equip yourself for spiritual warfare.

Prayers that Rout Demons by John Eckhardt (click here)

Learn to wear your spiritual armor. (click here)

Speaking to your mountain.  (click here)

Praying against the Church of Satan. (click here)

Learn about how idolatry gives the demonic a foothold. 

The Battle for Peace, Who Is Your Master? By Tisha Sledd (click here)

The Devil’s Lie About Performance-Based Acceptance

Fear is the Devil’s number one tool.

I believe this is why it says in the Bible 365 times – “Do not fear.” (one for each day of the year)

In my experience of discipling others, I have come to understand that a large percentage of our fear is because we care too much what other people think.  We want to be accepted by the people around us.

“You aren’t good enough,” is a lie that perpetuates a cycle of fear in our lives.  It’s the one that keeps us captive to constant insecurity.

If you’ll just perform in this manner, you’ll be accepted.

If you would just pretend to be happy, everything would be alright.

If your kids would just behave, people would think well of you as parents.

If you would play the role we give you, you’ll be accepted.

If you get straight A’s, you’ll make us look good.

If you would just behave, you wouldn’t embarrass me.

If you would wear your hair this way, you would have more friends.

If your house would be clean, you’d be a mom that has it together.

If your kids would be good at sports, you would have clout in the community.

If you will just perform – you’ll be accepted.

These are all cultural lies that we have bought.  If we feel pressure from these lies it is because we are seeking to please men instead of God.  It can be a very hard lesson for some.  But if we are to become “little Christs,” we must be OK when the world rejects us for not conforming to it.

Jesus ran into this with the Pharisees.  Almost all of Matthew 9 is made up of the Pharisees wanting Jesus to “behave” (or perform in a manner they approved of) to be accepted.

“You can’t forgive sins!”

“You can’t eat with tax collectors!”

“You must fast according to our rules!

They laughed at him for believing He could raise a girl from the dead.

“He drives out demons using the power of Satan.”

Jesus refused to conform to the rules of men.  He did not need the approval of the Pharisees. He didn’t care if they accepted Him.

This is an area we MUST fight to become like Christ.  We MUST overcome the fear of men and their performance based acceptance.

Focus on God’s truth about who you are.  God does love you and has a plan for your life.  Just like Jesus did not conform to the ways of men but obeyed the Father in all things – So the Father wants us to become like Christ.  If we are constantly trying to be “enough” for the people in our lives we could very well miss out on God’s perfect will.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10

You are a child of the One True King.  The only thing you have to conform to is His will.

There is absolutely no reason to fear the lack of acceptance from men.

Live to please only One.  Let everyone else’s expectations fall to the ground.

Here is a song that might help you through breaking off these chains!  

No Longer Slaves

Guest Post: Surviving My Abusive Marriage - What I Am Most Thankful For

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Jessica Devine. She has survived one of the most horrific stories of marital abuse I have ever heard.  God reached down into her pit and pulled her and her three girls out of it.  He continues to restore them.  He continues to pour out His revelation about His goodness and His grace to her.  Enjoy some of Jessica's wisdom as she writes from the other side of the pit.

“Every choice you make has an end result.” -Zig Ziglar

I never thought I would be in a place where someone cared about what I had to say.  I’m not sure that I ever really thought I would get the chance to actually say it. But that’s the thing with God…He surprises you.  He takes you farther than you ever dreamed possible.

I was asked to write about the thing I am most thankful for after surviving an abusive marriage. What a hard thing to write about. How can I make that choice?

But that’s just it…I am most thankful for the freedom of choice.

I remember being alone on my couch thinking of ways to kill myself. I wanted to die so badly and be free of the life I was living. I thought of ways to kill my husband. I wanted a normal life.  I remember lying on the floor with my Bible, crying because I couldn’t survive another day, praying God would hear me.  He did.  He took me to Joel 2:25-27.  

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—

the great locust and the young locust…You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,

and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you;

never again will my people be shamed…. Then you will know that I am in Israel,  

that I am the Lord your God,

…so I chose to believe.

When I left my marriage after many years of abuse, I was terrified.  I was alone with 3 little girls to take care of, but I wasn’t in any shape to take care of myself.  I was so dependent on Him, not because He actually took care of me, but because I was convinced I couldn’t take care of myself.  My self-esteem was so low that I looked to any man to make me feel loved, which never worked. I was drowning in depression with no way out…

…so I chose Jesus

Finding out what my husband had done to my girls was the hardest thing I have ever had to hear.  

Hatred, anger, and guilt filled my entire being. I couldn’t sleep.  I cried all day long. I felt so many different emotions all at once and had no idea what to do with them.  While sitting in church one Sunday morning, I felt the Lord telling me what to do. I argued with Him as I walked down the aisle to the front of the church. I did not want to do this. My ex-husband definitely did not deserve it, but I had to obey.

…so I chose to forgive.

Every day I have to wake up and make a choice. I will not let what happened to me negatively affect my future any longer and you don’t have to either!  God’s Word is full of promises and full of hope. We just have to choose to believe what it says.  Jesus is greater than our circumstances and more powerful than any army that rises up against us. We can live in confidence knowing that God is always fighting for us. With him by our side, we will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8)! 

I could have given up when things got bad, and they were very bad, but I didn’t. I chose to fight. I chose to chase after victory with everything that I had and I’m still chasing it! Don’t believe the lie that says God has abandoned you or the lie that says you are stuck where you are (Daniel 3:17).

Before there was freedom, I had to choose to live. Before there was victory, I had to choose to fight. Before there was love, I had to choose to forgive.  Nothing was possible without first making a choice. 

Jessica Devine

is a survivor of an abusive marriage.  She wants to be a light to hurting women and men in this world. Her story is one of great pain, but also great hope. The Lord's restoring power is helping her to reclaim the years that were eaten up by abuse.  After her divorce, she is now married to Joe, a wonderful, Godly husband.  She and her husband and three girls live in New Castle, Indiana. Jessica shares her story of restoration on her blog “Restoring the Years.” 

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Are You Tired of Never Being Good Enough?

Are You Tired of Never Being Good Enough?

It’s Time to Overcome the Accuser of the Brethren

Every single believer has had the experience of being attacked by the Accuser of the Brethren.  This is the name that God gives to the devil before he is cast out of heaven in Revelation 12:10. 

He accuses us of not being good enough.  He accuses us of not measuring up.  He lies to us that we cannot trust God.  He constantly whispers in our ear that we are failures or that we’ll always suffer lack.

There are two different ways that the enemy attacks us:

1. He attacks our minds with lies whispered to us by demonic spirits.

2. He uses people to deliver his lies directly to us or through gossip and slander that people repeat behind our backs.

Either way – whether through the spiritual realm or directly through people – these accusations are meant to hinder our relationship with God or to stop us from completing our purpose on earth.

When we get into accusation (accusing God or others), we’re doing Satan’s dirty work for him. - Bob Sorge

Moses was accused by those he had just delivered out of slavery in Egypt. In Numbers 16, Korah and his followers accused Moses of usurping power from the people.  Moses knew that he had done nothing that Korah was accusing him of.  Moses stepped back and asked for God to judge between them -  which one was holy – was it Korah or Moses and his brother?  God honored that request and Korah and all of his family were swallowed up into the earth.  Moses handled the Accuser of the Brethren correctly.  He trusted God to defend him.

In the book of Job, after Job had lost everything and then was covered with painful boils… his own friends came and began accusing him.  His friends said, “This tribulation has to be because you did something wrong.”  Job kept defending himself to them saying, “I have done nothing to deserve this.”  But his friends hammered him one after the other…

It was as if Job lost everything and then the Accuser of the Brethren (through his friends) took a seat next to him to blame him for all that he had lost. 

Job did not handle the Accuser of the Brethren correctly.  Job defended himself to his brothers and the argument lasted for 34 LONG chapters. In the end after God appeared to Job and humbled him.  Job’s reply was this: “I put my hand over my mouth.”

I have certainly experienced this.  I have had people close to me accuse me of not being good enough.  When delays have happened in my ministry or in my personal life, I’ve heard the accusation that it must be MY fault.

I remember my first lessons in handling the Accuser of the Brethren. I absolutely failed the first time!

When beginning a new ministry several years ago, one of my ministry partners became extremely jealous and began to slander and gossip behind my back to the rest of the team.  The Lord prompted me to be quiet and He would handle it – but I didn’t trust Him enough to defend me – so I began defending myself. 

Because I took it upon myself to handle my accuser, it made the situation much messier and it took longer to sort out.  But my ministry partner did come to repentance and saw that she was accusing me of things I had not done.  I am happy to report that God completely 100% restored our friendship and trust.

While I am glad that God restored our friendship, I failed the test.  When facing the Accuser of the Brethren whether it is a lie that hangs over your head that you aren’t good enough or it’s a person being used to accuse you of not measuring up… the answer is the same.

To overcome the Accuser of the Brethren, we must remain humble and let God’s truth defend us.  This can be difficult because sometimes it can take a little time for God to work out His salvation against the Accuser.

The Accuser of the Brethren came after Jesus through the religious leaders of His day.  Ultimately He ended up being crucified on the cross.  But can you imagine the feeling that Jesus had appearing to people after He was resurrected?  Jesus humbly hung on the cross and He let the Father defend Him.  But after an earthquake and a stone that was rolled away and now 2000 years later the Accuser of the Brethren is losing BIG time!  Soon the whole earth will hear of His resurrection!

The truth of who you are rests in the One who created you.  No one can take that from you if you don’t let them.

The truth of your calling on earth… even if it is in a season of delay cannot be stopped.  Don’t ever let anyone make you quit because they ridicule your calling.

Steps to Wholeness:

When the enemy comes to accuse you of not being good enough here is what you need to overcome it.

If it is a spiritual accusation that is tormenting your mind:

1. Rebuke the lie.  Break it from over your head.  Say outloud:  I renounce the lie that I am not good enough!  What is Your truth Lord?

2. Listen quietly for the Holy Spirit to give you the truth from the Lord.  Then proclaim it outloud!  I AM good enough because I am created by God and He doesn’t create junk!  I am worth as much as the price that was paid for me on the cross!

3. Repeat #1 and #2 until the lie is under your feet!

If it is an accusation from another human being:

1.

Remain humble.  Do not defend yourself unless the Lord gives you permission.

2.

If the accusation has come through a person - Forgive your accuser.

3.

Ask the Lord to judge between your accuser and yourself.

4.

Ask for mercy for both you and the accuser.

5.

Ask the Lord to set the accuser free from mind control of lying spirits.

6.

Command that any spirits that were loosed from the person would go to the feet of Jesus Christ.

Do not let the Accuser of the Brethren steal anymore from you!  He does not get to say who you are and he does not get to say whether you are good enough!  Let God’s truth set you free!